At 104 years old, artist Elva Gould
may have mastered it; she
health to clean living and 'good home cooking,' but others see her
passion for painting as key to her
CAYUCOS - Elva Gould
walked through a door Sunday at the Cayucos Veterans Memorial Lions Hall and stepped into a century of history.She
stood before a slice of her
life's work: paintings of Bora Bora, Tahiti and Hawaii, interspersed with images from her
Central Coast back yard.
...That organization, of which Gould is a charter member, funds scholarships for young art students at Coast Union High School and pays for an art teacher at Cayucos Elementary School -- all at a time when funding for the arts has all but evaporated.
was born in 1900 in Oklahoma -- about seven years before the territory became a state -- and has been inspired by scenes from across America.Her
father was a rancher, and the first work she
sold -- at the age of 14, she
said -- was a painting of a herd of longhorn cattle.
"I sold it to (a family friend) for $10," she
recalled."I didn't really care if I got any money -- I just had to do something with it."
As time passed, Gould
became increasingly interested in the arts.She continued to paint but went on to college and became a school teacher.
By 1936, she
had married and had a child, and her
small family moved to Visalia.Her
husband was a paint contractor, while Gould
had a beauty shop in her
continued to paint, and she
eventually moved to Cayucos
husband died about 20 years later, Gould
decided to take on the world.
During the 1980s, she
traveled with a friend throughout Europe, the South Pacific and Asia, absorbing the scenery that would later play out on her
didn't want to work and I didn't care, so we just had fun," Gould